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Ignaty Dyakov is a London-based professional Russian language teacher with Master's degrees in Linguistics and The Political Economy of Russia. He is the author of three unconventional Russian language textbooks (available as paper-backs and audio-books) now used at universities, schools, language courses all over the world.
Native of Saint Petersburg he moved to London in 2008 where some time later he established Russia Local Ltd. (http://www.russianinlondon.com), a language-based consultancy which helps international businesses expand in Russia. Russian language training is where the company started and is still a core element of the business. Ignaty's clients are now based in the UK, France, Luxembourg, China, Hong Kong and Russia. They come from all walks of life and work in different areas, e.g. finance and banking, law, architecture, politics and administration.
Ignaty's first-hand experience of running a business helps him better understand their needs and requirements. Nevertheless, he continuously develops his skills and this is recognised by the number of awards he has received which include scholarships and grants named after the Russian President and Government, awards from the Ministry for Science and Education and Interros investment fund, as well as a Shell LiveWire 'Grand Ideas' award. He is a member of the Society of Authors, Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (UK). He got to the final of the world-wide "Best Russian language teacher outside Russia" award in 2015. He was unable to take part in the final itself due to unexpectedly found tongue cancer which entailed very invasive treatment.
Ignaty has been featured in The Times, The Guardian, interviewed by Thomson Reuters, The Voice of Russia, REN TV and BBC Radio 5 Live. He is an eager speaker on doing business in Russia and the Russian language matters; he is frequently invited to talk on different occasions.
He enjoys reading, playing chess and learning to play golf, travelling and vegetarian cooking.